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Northwest Region Data

The Northwest consists of 18 counties stretching two-thirds of the way across the state.  Its largest city is St. Joseph, birthplace of the Pony Express and Jesse James’ last home.  It also includes such gems as Amish Jamesport and sparkling Conception Abbey, Nodaway County.  Top industries include retail trade, farming, food services, and construction.

The regional average wage was $684 per week in the 1st Quarter of 2015.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2014 2013 Percent Difference
236.7 233.0 1.6%
(1982-84=100, not seasonally adjusted)
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Area Population 2014 Income 2013 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2014
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Andrew County 17,379 $860,394,000 $49,320 $79,180,100
Atchison County 5,382 $253,928,000 $46,601 $53,799,095
Buchanan County 89,486 $3,249,916,000 $36,259 $1,420,927,749
Caldwell County 9,034 $359,815,000 $39,553 $36,723,285
Clinton County 20,299 $803,322,000 $39,051 $96,541,689
Daviess County 8,297 $279,010,000 $33,640 $55,754,696
Dekalb County 12,692 $340,617,000 $26,528 $128,871,499
Gentry County 6,826 $264,755,000 $39,078 $50,252,828
Grundy County 10,197 $351,036,000 $33,900 $90,745,147
Harrison County 8,639 $313,056,000 $35,815 $116,797,935
Holt County 4,516 $223,158,000 $48,852 $34,247,800
Linn County 12,311 $434,949,000 $35,167 $126,156,430
Livingston County 15,053 $543,533,000 $36,550 $212,796,149
Mercer County 3,719 $116,027,000 $31,401 $31,436,672
Nodaway County 23,081 $713,498,000 $30,674 $230,962,681
Putnam County 4,829 $158,232,000 $32,458 $38,174,972
Sullivan County 6,411 $231,438,000 $35,893 $44,419,037
Worth County 2,073 $75,390,000 $36,072 $12,579,496
Northwest Region Summary 260,224 $9,572,074,000 $36,622 $2,860,367,260



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics December 2015
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Andrew County 10,044 9,723 321 3.2%
Atchison County 2,998 2,881 117 3.9%
Buchanan County 46,777 45,067 1,710 3.7%
Caldwell County 4,580 4,410 170 3.7%
Clinton County 11,258 10,826 432 3.8%
Daviess County 4,194 4,038 156 3.7%
Dekalb County 5,154 4,972 182 3.5%
Gentry County 3,778 3,672 106 2.8%
Grundy County 5,205 5,012 193 3.7%
Harrison County 4,132 3,964 168 4.1%
Holt County 2,835 2,760 75 2.6%
Linn County 5,426 5,105 321 5.9%
Livingston County 7,513 7,262 251 3.3%
Mercer County 2,023 1,948 75 3.7%
Nodaway County 11,996 11,597 399 3.3%
Putnam County 2,639 2,555 84 3.2%
Sullivan County 2,902 2,752 150 5.2%
Worth County 1,294 1,259 35 2.7%
Northwest Region Summary 134,748 129,803 4,945 3.7%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
1st Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
31 - Manufacturing 233 15,355 $195,519,991 $979 1.7%
44 - Retail Trade 784 11,858 $64,875,107 $421 2%
56 - Administrative and waste services 253 3,637 $21,035,355 $445 5.1%
42 - Wholesale trade 350 3,427 $40,390,080 $907 2.7%
23 - Construction 599 2,894 $31,201,779 $829 10%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 245 2,560 $21,816,688 $656 5.2%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 74 727 $3,168,260 $335 8.5%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
1st Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 5,875 73,179 $650,585,398 $684 0.9%
311 - Food manufacturing 39 5,933 $66,195,779 $858 1.2%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 225 3,447 $19,622,420 $438 4.9%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 43 2,566 $35,843,772 $1,075 2.7%
624 - Social Assistance 790 2,430 $9,532,660 $302 6.2%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 66 1,982 $8,457,303 $328 2%
325 - Chemical manufacturing 15 1,864 $37,334,210 $1,541 6.4%
424 - Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 156 1,791 $20,913,125 $898 7.3%
447 - Gasoline Stations 111 1,705 $6,883,753 $311 4.5%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 379 1,678 $17,292,875 $793 7.5%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2014
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 100 $123.99 $100 $99.42 NA $257,901 $208,004 $206,794 NA
291021 - Dentists, General 30 $100.46 $92.66 $43.49 NA $208,949 $192,743 $90,467 NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 180 $92.65 $88.34 $57.06 $110.45 $192,721 $183,746 $118,676 $229,743
291061 - Anesthesiologists NA $91.3 $92.02 $27.67 $123.12 $189,908 $191,402 $57,553 $256,086
291041 - Optometrists NA $86.78 $71.79 $52.32 $104.01 $180,498 $149,324 $108,829 $216,333
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists NA $74.88 $71.78 $59.5 $82.57 $155,747 $149,304 $123,768 $171,736
291051 - Pharmacists 230 $57.96 $59.54 $50.03 $61.93 $120,556 $123,847 $104,058 $128,805
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 40 $54.89 $52.68 $39.88 $62.39 $114,167 $109,582 $82,955 $129,773
231023 - Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 30 $54.22 $56.75 $45.18 $58.74 $112,774 $118,032 $93,980 $122,171
111011 - Chief Executives 240 $48.5 $43.24 $15.82 $64.84 $100,887 $89,944 $32,916 $134,872

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
151133 - Software Developers, Systems Software 7 10 3 42.9% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
512099 - Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 292 393 101 34.6% 15 54 - Above Average B+
212011 - Clergy 29 39 10 34.5% 2 54 - Above Average B+
251072 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 41 55 14 34.1% 2 52 - Well Above Average A
151121 - Computer Systems Analysts 50 67 17 34% 3 52 - Well Above Average A
151143 - Computer Network Architects 3 4 1 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
192032 - Materials Scientists 3 4 1 33.3% NA 54 - Above Average B+
251071 - Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 33 44 11 33.3% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
291181 - Audiologists 6 8 2 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
535021 - Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 3 4 1 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A

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Consumer Price Index by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); all other tables produced by MERIC in cooperation with BLS.